If Mary had said “no”

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 If Mary had said “no”

maryWhen I pose this question to a few pious fellow Catholics, they shun the answer by saying, “Of course, she said ‘yes’. She was Immaculately Conceived to be the Mother of God.”

I think this is a cop out. It implies that Mary had no free choice. I think these might have been some of her thoughts when the Angel Gabriel suddenly appeared and told her she was to become pregnant and then become the Mother of God. I am overcome by this honor or having been selected, but let me give it some thought.

  • I am of the House of David, because my father and his ancestors belong to this revered tribe. Will my pregnancy bring shame to my people?Stained glass depicting the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus
  • There is a danger involved. In our region, there are men who will band together to stone a woman of ill-repute.
  • Who is going to believe that a virgin can give birth?
  • I think I should discuss this with Joseph, my finance. This could affect our lives. Also, he has his reputation to consider.
  • With great respect for your position, I ask you to give me a few days for consideration before I give you an answer.

I think of Mary with her eventual “yes” answer as our role model. When we are faced with decisions, large and small, if we feel that affirmative action is God’s will, do we respond with a positive “yes”?

Let me have your thoughts. aljagoe@gmail.com

 

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2 thoughts on “If Mary had said “no”

  1. This title is an appropriation and is more about the divinity of Christ who would not be subjected to sin.Similarly calling Mary the mother of God is more about declaring the divinity of Christ- theotokos Mary is bearer of Christ who is divine. Mary made her response freely and under the influence of grace to the angel Gabriel at the annunciation.

  2. I think Mary knew immediately that this was her calling, even though it might have caused her some anxiety at first, possibly considering some of the thoughts you expressed. However, her faith in God was so strong and also the Angel Gabriel soothed her worries so that she could commit willingly.

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